Home to more than 150,000 people, Springfield, MA, is known as the City of Firsts because of its noted inventions. These inventions include the respirator, Nystatin, x-ray tubes, sewing machines, sonograms, cotton gin, and basketball. But it currently has a lot of attractions that you can enjoy. So get on a 24-passenger mini bus rental in Springfield and tour the city!
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Springfield has such a reputation for lovely architecture that it is also known as the City of Homes. It is very possible to see Victorian-style homes that are very similar to San Francisco's Painted Ladies, and there are Gilded Age manors and mansions, modern condominiums, brick apartments and other types of architecture. More than this, there are a lot of former factories, office buildings and hotels that have been turned into homes, condominiums and apartment buildings so it is still very possible to admire the architecture of the old days, including the Classical High School's Victorian atrium, the McIntosh Shoe Company's Chicago-style architecture, as well as other old buildings.
And the city's architecture is just the tip of its arts and culture attractions.
Art. If you only have time to go to one arts-related attraction, then make it to The Quadrangle, which has five different museums in a cluster, plus the lovely Springfield Public Library (Springfield, MA 01104).
Here you could find the:
Moreover, check out the Mattoon Street Arts Festival, which is one of the biggest art festivals in the city held every year in the Mattoon Street Historic District.
Film and theater. Check out the City Stage, the city's most famous playhouse. City Stage often features off-Broadway shows, children's shows and comedy shows. Springfield also hosts the annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.
Music. Check out the Hoop City Jazz Festival, which happens yearly at different venues in the city. Aside from this, there are several music festivals that are held in the city, including Armory Big Band Concerts and Stearns Square Concert Series and Bike Nights.
Classical music lovers would want to catch a performance by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Springfield, MA 01103) at the Symphony Hall, which also has astounding Greek Revival architecture and equally astounding acoustics. Springfield also has a very active heavy rock scene, as well as jazz, blues and other genres.
Sculpture. Check out the Puritan, a statue that was designed by Augustus St. Gaudens or Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is where you go to see statues of the characters from Dr. Seuss' books, while the First Game of Basketball Sculpture is located on Mason Square and is quite popular with basketball fans.
When it comes to food, bars, music venues and clubs, you can go to the Club Quarter located in Springfield's Metro Center (Springfield, MA 01103). Club Quarter is the biggest entertainment district in an area that includes Montreal in Canada and New York City. Check out the Fat Cats Bar and Grille, and Theodore's Booze Blues & BBQ. It has more than 60 nightlife venues, restaurants and bars.
Restaurants you should try in the city include:
In addition, Springfield also has the World's Largest Pancake Breakfast, where residents try to break the world record for the most pancakes served.
Eastfield Mall (Springfield, MA 01129) and other national retailers have outlets in Springfield, but if you are looking for local businesses, try out:
A good event for sports fans to catch is the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, which honors basketball's luminary coaches, players, executives and other people who have made significant contributions to the sport. You should also visit the MassMutual Center, which is an arena that can accommodate 8,000 people and is home to the Springfield Armor and the Springfield Falcons. You can go to Basketbull (Springfield, MA 01105) to play some basketball and also to learn more about its history.
Aside from basketball, Springfield is also closely associated to volleyball, ice hockey and, of course, professional baseball.
Meanwhile, golf aficionados can have a grand time at either Veteran's Golf Course (Springfield, MA 01118) or Franconia Golf Course.
Perhaps the best historic attraction you should visit here is the Springfield Armory National Park, which was founded by Henry Knox and George Washington in the late 1700s.
You also have the King Phillip's Stockade, which is a city park with a lot of history behind it. This is where the Pocumtuc Indians started the Attack on Springfield in 1675. The attack burned down around 3/4s of the city.
On the other hand, you could visit Mulberry Street, the street that inspired Dr. Seuss' first children's book. Another historic site worth visiting is Stacy's Building, which is where the first gasoline powered car is still exhibited.
Springfield was the fourth greenest city in 2010 due partly to its parks. The city has 10 square kilometers of park lands. Check out Connecticut River Walk Park, which runs alongside the Connecticut River. The views of the city's Skyline, along with those of Mount Holyoke Range and Mount Tom Range, are amazing.
Frederick Law Olmsted designed Forest Park, which is as big as another Olmstead park, Central Park in New York. Forest Park has an aquatic park, several playgrounds, a rose garden, a skating arena, baseball diamonds, bocce and basketball courts, beautiful Victorian promenades, lawn bowling fields, water gardens, and the Barney Carriage House.
Other notable parks here include:
Check out the Zoo In Forest Park, which is one of the many reasons why you should visit this beautiful city. Imagine 735 acres that house both indigenous and exotic animals!
Springfield is one of The Advocate magazine's top "New Gay American Cities", a distinction it shares with San Diego, California and Albuquerque in New Mexico. The state legalized gay marriage ten years ago and this paved the way for Springfield to have a very lively LGBT scene. There are a lot of LGBT venues here.
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